Home of Guiding Hands Christmas in July

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It’s Christmas in July and Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is in search of sponsors for the organization’s annual holiday home parties this December. The parties have become a favorite holiday tradition for the Home of Guiding Hands’ clients and the public’s help is needed to support 31 parties at group residences all around San Diego and Imperial Counties. Many of the clients the organization serves have limited funds and do not have family members nearby.

It’s Christmas in July and Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is in search of sponsors for the organization’s annual holiday home parties this December. The parties have become a favorite holiday tradition for the Home of Guiding Hands’ clients and the public’s help is needed to support 31 parties at group residences all around San Diego and Imperial Counties. Many of the clients the organization serves have limited funds and do not have family members nearby. The annual holiday parties provide a sense of belonging for both the clients and the community who help make the season a special time for all. 

“Our annual holiday parties bring smiles and cheer to those who have very limited resources,” said Mark Klaus, president and CEO, Home of Guiding Hands. “Participating in this unique hands-on event will have a huge impact on the lives of nearly 200 people we serve in our residential program.”

As a Holiday Home Sponsor, individuals have the option of being involved with the hands-on party planning preparations and celebrating with the clients. Sponsors can also choose to participate behind-the-scenes by providing a private donation. Any and all sponsors are encouraged and welcome to attend the holiday celebrations, enjoy food, refreshments, games and other holiday-inspired activities alongside the residents.

The following are a few ways individuals can give back as a Holiday Home Sponsor:

* Prepare a holiday meal for a home

* Provide or prepare baked goods for a home

* Donate gifts, including wheelchairs, movie passes, passes to area attractions, gift certificates to restaurants or shops, DVD players, crockpots, linens, iPads, gaming systems, books, board games, beach chairs, etc.

* Assist in holiday party planning

* Offer a monetary donation to help HGH house managers plan the holiday party

“Being first-time Holiday Home Sponsors last year was an absolutely wonderful experience,” said Kam Stehly. “It was truly a gift to my husband and I, and all our friends that participated to have the opportunity to meet with Home of Guiding Hands clients in such an intimate way: sharing food, decorating cookies, opening gifts and seeing their smiles and laughter.”

In 2017, Home of Guiding Hands will celebrate 50 years of giving back to a community that is often overlooked, underfunded and underserved during the holiday season. The organization’s yearly holiday celebrations aim to provide dozens of San Diegans in need with the joyous and memorable experiences each resident deserves, providing them with traditions we all look forward to.

To become a Holiday Home Sponsor, please visit hghholidays.org or call Jessica Brandon at 619-938-2854 for more information. Any donation and sponsorship to the annual Holiday Party Fund is greatly appreciated. 

About Home of Guiding Hands

Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) has been committed to providing marked community support, critical housing, and life skills training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Diego County since 1961. Currently, HGH offers a multitude of services ranging from Early Start, Respite, Independent Living, Transportation, Counseling & Family Support, and Residential Services, to over 1,500 infants, adolescents and adults. HGH is dedicated to maximizing the independence, productivity, and quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission of Home of Guiding Hands is to improve the lives of those we serve. For more information about HGH please visit www.guidinghands.org.

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